The last time the Bank of England cut interest rates was in March 2009 and the decision was, in the modern idiom, a bit of a no-brainer.
The experts said it could never happen. There was no way in which Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination for the US presidency.
The US economy grew at a slightly slower pace than first thought in the third quarter of 2015, continuing a sluggish recovery trend started after the last recession.
JP Morgan Chase agreed to pay $307m on Friday to settle charges that two of its wealth management units failed to disclose conflicts of interest when promoting investments to its wealthy clients.
The decision to raise US interest rates for the first time in seven years could have negative effects on established startup businesses, investors have said, marking the start a new era of more cautious investment.
Economists are split between those who see the world economy coming together and those who believe its major trading blocs are heading in opposite directions. It might only be a couple of weeks before we find out who is right.
The key measure of the US economy was revised from bleh to meh on Tuesday as businesses restocked goods at a stronger pace than first thought, adding to the likelihood of an historic US rate rise next month.